What Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Teaches Entrepreneurs
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is one of the most beloved Christmas stories of all time. Every year, Rudolph’s story is told not only through books but also via the stop-motion animated television special and countless song renditions. It’s practically impossible to go an entire holiday season without seeing or hearing at least a trace of this beloved character. Rudolph is adored by children and adults and we can all draw inspiration from the little reindeer’s tale – especially entrepreneurs who need that last push!
Your Skill Set is Valuable: Use it to Find a Niche
Who would have thought that a reindeer with a glowing-red nose would prove valuable? Other reindeer scoffed at Rudolph’s special talents until they saw exactly what he was capable of accomplishing. In a way, Rudolph was a pioneer in his industry. Even though he didn’t recognize the full potential of his skills right away, he knew that he was different somehow. Half of your battle as an entrepreneur is over if you recognize your skills and fine tune them enough to develop a business plan! Rudolph eventually developed his talents, shed his reluctance, and stepped up to help when the situation called for it…and that’s why his name went down in history.
You Have Control of Your Ideas
People only have the power to label you as a misfit if you allow it. Don’t let the masses tell you that your ideas are useless! Be confident and market yourself as a solution and people will start to view you that way. You can’t stop the naysayers from naysaying, but you can use their criticism and comments as fuel to power through any dilemma. Rudolph could have kept his glowing nose hidden and idly watched the cancellation of Christmas, but he chose to display the REAL him instead; his self-confidence led Santa to recognize his talents as well. (Be sure not to go overboard with this mentality, though. Make sure there’s actually a demand for your business plan before proceeding, and always do your homework. You have to know something before you market yourself as an expert, otherwise you’ll lose credibility).
You Have the Power to Inspire Others
Rudolph may have felt alone in the beginning, but he soon found other “misfits” who could benefit from his experience. Where would the dolls and stuffed animals on the Island of Misfit Toys be if it weren’t for one brave little reindeer? Without an ounce of fear, Rudolph took the reins (no pun intended) to lead the others and showed them they were valuable after all. He used his experience to teach others instead of dwelling in his loneliness, and he gained new friends (and quite a following) as a result. It only takes a single person to change history, and you could be that person!
Be like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and find a path that suits you. Successful entrepreneurs like Rudolph find a niche, market themselves as a solution to a problem, and inspire like-minded individuals to do the same. YOU are the one who can make a difference in the world, both for yourself and for those around you.
Are there any other life lessons that our shiny-nosed reindeer friend can teach us?
Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.